The New Assassins

artwork specifications

  • Full Title The New Assassins
  • Date Completed August 2016
  • Dimensions 100 x 100cm
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Ground Gesso primed canvas
  • Ground Support 4,5cm deep wooden stretcher with no wedges
  • Framing Unframed
  • Authentication Signed (XTN) bottom center
  • Authentication date Not dated
  • Series Assimilation
  • Sub-Series Not Applicable
  • Copyright Owner Corné Eksteen Artist
  • Publications None
  • Model Undisclosed


  • Availability Sold
  • Current Location Private Collection | Pretoria | South AFrica
  • Prints Not available
Full view of Corné Eksteen's Artwork: The New Assassins

artists' statement

Assimilation is traditionally defined as the process by which a person or persons acquire the social and psychological characteristics of a group. However within the social dynamics of the post-information age, the factors that define a group, a culture, even a national identity has much wider reach and influence. We live in a hyper-connected society where we are willingly submitting to the values and opinions of the group, where our sense of personal identity and cultural values are subject to public scrutiny and constant evaluation. Our traditional sense of community has been replaced by a "hive-mind" mentality that doesn't tolerate or embrace alternative opinions, opposition and sub-cultures.

Through the use of portraiture the works explore how our own sense of personal and cultural identity is being subjected to the expectations, values and norms presented by the group / collective / "hive-mind". Through the creation of new archetypes / stereotypes it will explore the undermining of individuality, otherness, sub-cultures and traditional culture through group pressure towards a homogeneous culture and world view.

exhibtion history

  • Assimilation | artSPACE durban | Durban | South Africa | September 2016
  • Curator's Choice First Thurdays | State of the Art Gallery | Cape Town | South Africa | January 2017
  • Curator's Choice First Thurdays | State of the Art Gallery | Cape Town | South Africa | December 2016
  • The Universe Next Door | Fynarts 2017 | Rossouw Modern | Hermanus | South Africa | June 2017
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